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BC Utilities Commission appoints new CEO and chair

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BC Utilities Commission appoints new CEO and chair

VANCOUVER – The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) has appointed Mark Jaccard as chair and CEO.

Jaccard previously served as BCUC chair and CEO of the BCUC from 1992-97 and is currently a professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University and an internationally recognized energy economist, a government release stated.

Jaccard takes over from David Morton, who served as chair of the BCUC since his appointment in 2015.

“Mr. Jaccard has deep experience and knowledge of sustainable energy policies. I am confident this will enrich his oversight of the important work being done to protect affordability for ratepayers and rise to the urgent challenge of climate change by growing B.C.’s clean economy,” B.C. Premier David Eby said in a statement.

“We would like to thank David Morton, recognized as a leader in public utility regulation, for his many years of service to the province and to British Columbia. Mr. Morton is one of the longest serving chairs of the BCUC and has diligently worked to ensure proper oversight of B.C.’s utilities. Not only has he seen the province through significant change at both BC Hydro and ICBC during his tenure but under his leadership the BCUC became one of B.C.’s top employers.”

Jaccard’s experience includes:

  • British Columbia Utilities Commission chair and CEO (1992-97)
  • Serving on Canada’s National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (2006-09)
  • Appointed to the Royal Society of Canada (2009)
  • Serving on BC’s Climate Action team (2008-11)
  • Contributor to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1990-current)
  • Member of the Climate Solutions Council (2020-23)

The BCUC is governed under the Utilities Commission Act and has a mandate to regulate B.C.’s public energy utilities, including BC Hydro and FortisBC, as well as the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC), the release said.

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